Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville Achieves National Accreditation as a Bariatric Surgery Comprehensive Center

Published: Monday, May 14, 2018

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related health conditions at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) can rest assured they’re receiving treatment from a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care. NGMC Gainesville has been re-accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), continuing the accreditation it has held since 2006.

“The MBSAQIP accreditation process is rigorous, and ensures bariatric surgical patients receive high-quality surgical procedures, as well as care designed specifically for them before and after surgery,” said Alex C. Nguyen, MD, medical director of bariatric surgery at NGMC and bariatric surgeon at Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG). “We are committed to the long-term success of our patients, and this accreditation demonstrates we have a multidisciplinary program in place to help patients achieve their weight loss goals.”

The MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). To earn the MBSAQIP designation, centers must meet essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. Centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data.

For more information about Bariatric Weight Loss at NGMC, call 770-219-0446 or visit

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Since 1951, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. With hospitals located in Gainesville, Braselton and Barrow – the three NGMC campuses have a total of 713 beds and more than 700 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties. NGMC is part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit that cares for almost 1 million people across more than 18 counties. Learn more at